Alluringly should prove to be captivating at Chester
Five Irish-trained runners will take their chances on the opening day of the Chester May meeting tomorrow with Aidan O'Brien looking to add to his already impressive haul across the water this term.
O'Brien has notched up the Cheshire Oaks five times since 2008 and tomorrow Ryan Moore will partner last month's impressive Tipperary maiden winner Alluringly for the Ballydoyle maestro.
Understandably, that daughter of Fastnet Rock was put in as favourite for the race yesterday afternoon as the bookmakers shy away from a man who landed Newmarket's four major prizes on Guineas weekend but if you so wish you can back Alluringly at 33/1 for the Epsom Oaks prior to tomorrow's assignment.
The booking of Moore on the big names from Ballydoyle is now a regular occurrence but his name beside Tony Martin's runner on the Roodee tomorrow is also going to be seen as significant.
Martin and his team could surely do with a pick-up after the sad news that Emirates Melbourne Cup runner-up Heartbreak City broke a leg at the weekend and Moore is booked to ride Golden Spear in the Chester Cup.
Most firms were initially going around about 7/1 the field for this race and Golden Spear was one of those prominent with every firm. On his Flat form, he would warrant that respect.
Campaigned over jumps since winning the November Handicap at Leopardstown last year, Golden Spear is only 7lbs higher for that win, although he didn't pick up a valuable handicap hurdle in the meantime, like many would have expected.
Drawn 12 of 17 is not deal but could be worse and with Moore doing the navigating punters are likely to row in behind the only Irish runner in tomorrow's most valuable race.
Gordon Elliott has dusted himself down after a gruelling end to the Irish jump season and he too will send just one runner to Chester tomorrow with the ex-Richard Hannon trained Skeaping lining up in the finale carrying the colours of football agent Mark McKay.
His form is a bit in and out since joining Elliott but the trainer always warrants respect when making a trip over to England.
As does former jockey Pat Shanahan, who has been on the mark at Salisbury and Hamilton within the last week or so. He will saddle Taexali and Unite The Clans on the opening day at Chester tomorrow.